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Parental behaviors related to adolescents' self-disclosure: Adolescents' views

Tokic, A.; Pecnik, N.

The aim of the study was to explore adolescents' perceptions of their parents' behaviors that inhibited or facilitated adolescents' self-disclosures to them. Four focus groups with 16 girls and 16 boys from Croatia (13–14 year olds) were conducted. Results indicate that adolescents perceive their self-disclosures to be influenced by a variety of specific parental actions and reactions in disclosure-related situations. According to adolescents' views, not only can parents hinder adolescent's disclosure by unfavorable reactions, but they can also prompt the adolescent to disclose by behaving in certain manner. Identified parental behaviors and emotional states (labeled as ''inviters'', ''inhibitors'', ''negative reactions'', and ''positive reactions'') are discussed in terms of contemporary perspectives on optimal parenting based on children's psychological needs and children's rights.
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